ICYMI: Sen. Scott on Telehealth, the American Supply Chain, and Post-COVID Resiliency
WASHINGTON—During today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing, Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) addressed several issues the nation must confront as we examine a path forward on future pandemic preparation and response.
On American innovation and the COVID-19 vaccine: “I believe that had it not been for our ability to partner with the private sector, we might not be sitting here today. I believe … that perhaps the greatest economic engine of innovation in health care didn’t come from the government, but from the private sector.
“If we didn’t have [Operation] Warp Speed, partnering with the private sector … the death toll would be multiple times higher than it is today.”
On telehealth: “The death toll is devastating … however, the possibility of a silver lining is in the acceleration of [telehealth] … The telehealth platform is so important that we probably need to spend more time in investigating and investing in more resources.”
On his MADE in America Act: “The excellence we’ve seen in America’s health care system is the marvel of the world. And bills like my MADE in America Act that would provide more reason to [produce] your PPE … and generic drugs … here in America is a necessary component of what I consider resiliency. Our nation needs to be more resilient when it comes to challenges, and one of the ways to get there is to work in a bipartisan fashion on some of those very important resources.”
Read more about Senator Scott’s MADE in America Act here.